Watchdog group EPIC asks FTC To investigate Google Offiline tracking for privacy violations

In May, we posted about Googles announcement of new capability to track online/offline interations and attribute them to Googles ads.

Google Search Console Refresh & Some New Reports

Google is finally giving a long overdue refresh to google search console (yay).

Does Pinterest dominate Google SERPs too much?

Barry has a thread over at Search Engine Roundtable which observes discussion at WebmasterWorld suggesting that Pinterest is dominating Google's SERPs too much.

Don't Worry Too Much About Canonicals Implemented in Error

A report at TheSemPost from one of Google's Hangouts describes a situation where a canonical is incorrectly set up. Does it cause a problem?

Affiliate Summit Acquired by Clarion Events

Most of you know Affiliate Summit and Missy Ward and Shawn Collins, and it's just been confirmed that Clarion Events has acquired Affiliate Summit.

The rise of HTTPS in Google SERPs

According to a report at SER, 99% of Google page 1 SERPs contain at least one HTTPS result. I haven't see quite that many, but, I have seen a lot more HTTPS than previously.

Has Spammy Content From Others in Google Ruined a Webmaster's Livelihood

Barry Schwartz has written a piece about an observation in the WebmasterWold Google update thread that a webmaster has lost their livelihood over spammy sites ranking above their quality site.

Bing Webmaster Tools Broken?

Bing's webmaster tools appear to be broken, and it doesn't look as if there's a fix coming. Perhaps by talking about it Microsoft will do something.

Do you use Bing Webmaster Tools?

Google pays professors as part of academic influence campaign

According to the wall street journal, as part of its anti-trust battle plan, G

Google Search Apps to Get AI for News Feed

Google is releasing updates to its apps on iOS and Android where artificial intelligence will be used to learn about your interests with the result of giving you even more of the relevant news.

How does umbrella-sharing start up lose nearly all of its 300,000 umbrellas in a matter of weeks?

The umbrellas sharing startup, E Umbrella based in Shenzen, which only just launched in 11 Chinese citiles announced that it lo

Can decentralized search engines distrupt search?

The two players that I know of this in this space are presearch and bitclave .

July 12 "Battle for the Net" With Facebook and Google taking part over Net neutrality

On July 12 Google, Faceboo, Amazon, Mozilla, and others, are taking part in "Battle for the Net." It's protest action the companies are taking to highlight the issues to save Net neutrality.

News industry seeks collective bargaining against Google & Facebook

As reported by verge here, the News Media Alliance is asking congress for co

Canadian Court Rules Google Must Delete Content World-Wide

This, potentially, has huge implications.

Google hit with antitrust fine of $2.7 billion over shopping comparison service

Google has been fined by the European Commission $2.7 billion for breaching antitrust regulations and abusing its dominance to favor its own comparison shopping service.

Google recommends moving sites from m-dot to responsive before the Mobile First Index Launches

According to a Google Hangout, John Meuller suggests webmasters migrating from m-dot sites should move to responsive in advance of the mobile first index.

Google SERPs update?

There's been much talk of Google SERPs in the last week or so and I wondered if you'd been seeing changes in Google SERPs?

Can Firefox 54 revive the browser's market share?

Mozilla has released Firefox 54 and makes great claims of it being considerably faster and less resource intensive.

Attempting to Define Duplicate Content

Google's Gary Illyes was asked for the definition of duplicate content, and although he's answered, as below, it's obvious that it's still not a 100 definition.